Weather Tidbits: Urban Heat Island
This Weather Tidbits dives into urban heat island. The urban heat island effect, is increased air temperatures in urban areas contrasted to the cooler surrounding rural areas. The reason for cities being warmer is due to buildings absorbing that sunlight, less availability to store rainwater and that leads to less cooling from evaporation and transpiration from plants. The temperature difference between a rural area and downtown can be up to 10 degrees. Studies suggest that precipitation is higher in urban areas, due to converging air rising & warming, thus making the air unstable.